2009 Edge Hill Short Story Prize Shortlist Announced

The shortlist for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize was announced today, 5 May. The annual prize, which was launched by Edge Hill University three years ago, is the only competition in the UK for the best short story collection by a single author. The prize is co-sponsored by Blackwell bookshop.

The shortlist was announced at an event at the Writing on the Wall Festival in Liverpool.

This year’s judges are James Walton, journalist and chair of BBC Radio 4’s The Write Stuff; Claire Keegan, last year’s winner of the Prize and Mark Flinn, Pro-Vice Chancellor of Edge Hill University.

The shortlist is:

Chris Beckett, The Turing Test, Elastic Press
Gerard Donovan, Country of the Grand, Faber
Anne Enright, Yesterday’s Weather, Random House
Shena Mackay, The Atmospheric Railway, Random House
Ali Smith, The First Person and Other Stories, Hamish Hamilton

James Walton, Chair of the judges, commented:

‘I’m delighted to be judging the Edge Hill Short Story Prize, especially at a time when short stories are making such a comeback – as you can see from all the distinguished writers on the shortlist.’